Bob Harris launches Under The Apple Tree label

Bob Harris has signed a new deal with Absolute Label Services to launch a new record label under his Under The Apple Tree live sessions brand. This follows a partnership with publishing company Peermusic last year.

“I am so pleased and proud that Under The Apple Tree is partnering with Absolute”, says Harris. “Our aims are identical. Our combined ambition is to support the musicians we love and get their music out to as wide an audience as possible”.

Absolute MD Henry Semmence adds: “It is an honour to be working with a legend of UK broadcasting and a tireless champion of new artists. Bob has been instrumental in helping discover and break countless acts in the UK and we are really excited that he chose Absolute to be his partners in this exciting new venture”.

Run by Harris, his wife Trudie Myerscough-Harris, and their son Miles, Under The Apple Tree was launched on Harris’s YouTube channel in 2015. It now has a catalogue of more than 400 sessions, recorded at their Under The Apple Tree Studios in Oxfordshire.

The label’s first single will be a charity cover of Ben E King’s ‘Stand By Me’ by the Whisperin Bob All-Stars, raising money for Help Musicians’ COVID-19 support fund. Contributors include Paul Rodgers, PP Arnold, Peter Frampton, Mica Paris, Rick Wakeman, Richard Thompson, Jimmie Allen, Beth Nielsen Chapman, John Oates, The Shires and Ward Thomas.

Richard Thompson speaks at Folk Alliance 

Richard Thompson at 2018 Folk Alliance

Richard Thompson and John Oates separately discussed what’s kept their careers sustainable.

Thompson said his guitar-playing technique also evolved with the times. By using alternate tunings and bending the strings and the neck, he used the electric six-stringed instrument to create a sound “closer to the human voice” or to a bagpipe, especially when interpreting or extending Scottish folk traditions on songs like “A Sailor’s Life, “Matty Groves” and “Meet on the Ledge.”

Regarding his practice in recent decades of alternating solo acoustic performances and recordings with those of an electric band, Thompson said he likes the intimate solo concert because it’s “sort of like being in church. It’s heart to heart.”

 

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